Jawbone CFO leaves and more digital health hires and departures

By Jonah Comstock
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Jawbone's Chief Financial Officer has left the company, The Verge reported this week. CFO Jason Child, who joined Jawbone in 2015 from Groupon, has left the struggling company to join the Global Advisory Board of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Jawbone also lost it's top product exec, Travis Bogard, this past summer.

New York City-based physician-specialist consult company RubiconMD has hired its first clinical transformation officer. For this role, the company has selected Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola. Olayiwola comes to RubiconMD from UCSF where she served as Director of the Center for Primary Care Excellence and as a practicing primary care physician at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). Her responsibilities at RubiconMD will revolve around "helping primary care organizations using RubiconMD across the country transform their clinical delivery models to meet the demands of value-based care" according to the company.

Healthcare technology company Collective Health hired a new senior director of clinical and network solutions, Dr. Andy Halpert. Halpert comes to Collective from Towers Watson and previously served as medical director for Blue Shield California. “Andy is a nationally recognized and leading expert on employer health strategy and clinical models that deliver the highest value and best possible experience to large employers,” Collective Health cofounder and chief health officer Dr. Rajaie Batniji said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him as a part of the Collective Health team. His deep clinical and operational expertise will help the employers we work with further realize the connected healthcare experience our team has created.”

Joyable, a San Francisco-based behavioral health technology startup layed off 20 people (half its staff) and pivoted its business, with plans to refocus on its enterprise emloyee wellness offering rather than the direct-to-consumer business that has been the company's main focus up until now. Most of the employees departing the company were involved in direct-to-consumer marketing.

Healthcare communications company Spok has hired 60 new employees to expand its Minneapolis/St. Paul operations, the company announced yesterday. "We are pleased to announce these planned additions to our already strong team of professionals," Vincent D. Kelly, chief executive officer, said in a statement. "In 2017, Spok is committed to the necessary investments supporting our strategy to deliver the best-in-class unified critical communications platform, Spok Care Connect."